NOW. HERE. THIS.
Wasn't I talking about a snow storm last week? Yes. I think so. And guess what? We had snow again this Saturday in New York City. Luckily this time, it was late in the day. By the time the snow had started, I was already at the American Museum of Natural History with my family, one of our favorite museums. We stayed busy in both the Hall of Human Origins as well as the Hall of Ocean Life. We headed home through the snowflakes and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of fresh pierogies from the farmer's market. A great meal after a great day.
So, let's get to the shopping at the flea market. The regular crowd was there, dealers and vendors, and we were all ready to find something special. The early morning Saturday shopping yielded an incredible pair of 19th Century American portrait paintings in period gold gilt Sully style picture frames. This pair most likely came out of New Jersey. After doing a little research, I found a few portraits done by John S. Blunt which really caught my attention. One in particular was a portrait of Mrs. Miller from Newton, NJ. For a moment, I thought that Mrs. Miller was a younger version of the woman in my painting. And with the pair quite possibly hailing from New Jersey, it was making a bit of sense. Looking at the two portraits side by side on my computer, I wasn't totally sure if the noses were the same. So, the jury is still out. But the research has just begun. Stay tuned to find out more. And with that, let's move onto Sunday. The buying on Sunday was great with a few small items - a modern glass vase, an acrylic artist's palette and a brass bird - and then there was the painting. This great Modernist French 1950's oil on canvas has a wonderful cubist / abstract style and is in the original period frame. On verso, there are a couple of French gallery labels and I always say that you can tell a lot about a painting by looking at the back. I'll be posting the Agostini, the French, modernist 1950's painting, on 1stdibs this week. I'll post the pair of portraits after I do a bit more research. Click here to visit my 1stdibs storefront and be sure to check back to read more about what's new, what's mine and what should be yours! Oh, and before I forget, I want to tell you about two projects I'm working on right now. One is called Jean Georges Bois and it is a new line of jewelry. The other is called Fishtown Pop Up and it is a new gallery and retail space in Philadelphia.
We headed home through the snowflakes and enjoyed a wonderful dinner of fresh pierogies from the farmer's market. A great meal after a great day.
January 16, 2017
I'm super happy with both projects and I'll be sure to post links soon (I'm still working on the websites). Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." So friends, let's work!
HKFA ON 1STDIBS
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The sales platform allows me to post my vintage, antique, modern and contemporary finds that I have sourced on the very same day. The items I'm sourcing and posting are truly fresh to the market. Being on the site has allowed me to grow my base of clients and the 1stdibs software affords my clients the luxury of being informed when I post new pieces to my storefront. With my storefront, I can share a bit of the backstory to my business, creating a personal touch to connect with my online clients.
My 1stdibs storefront allows me to reach a worldwide audience of collectors, designers and other dealers.
Let's shop! Fresh to the market finds, contemporary art, eclectic vintage, one of a kind antiques - the 20th Century by HKFA storefront on 1stdibs has a tantalizing array of beautiful items. Click on any of the 1stdibs links to connect to my storefront and see what's mine now, but should be yours with a click of a button!
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MODERN LOOK BOOK
Modern Look Book is your entry into the world of vintage, antique, modern and contemporary finds presented in today's top interior design projects. I developed he Modern Look Book concept as a place to share some of my favorite finds as they go from early morning flea market score to the interiors of some of the world's top designers. Additionally, I wanted to share the talents of my friends and colleagues - artists, designers, entrepreneurs - and promote their work. Modern Look Book blends vintage with contemporary, antique with modern and shares the spotlight for all.
I've seen the home furnishings industry change at a pretty fast clip over the past few years, as well as watching the antiques business take a turn also. I knew there had to be a way to bring these two worlds together. The Modern Look Book concept was born out of a necessity - the need to bring vintage and antique into contemporary settings. Plus, it's a great way to showcase the amazing work of my friends! Being a dealer in vintage and antique finds allows me so many wonderful opportunities to learn about a new category every time I'm out shopping - it's a big part of why I am a dealer. Also, so many of my friends and colleagues are in arts related fields. I wanted to bring their talents into the interiors for which I was sourcing antique and vintage finds.
The Modern Look Book concept was born out of a necessity - the need to bring vintage and antique into contemporary settings. Plus, it's a great way to showcase the amazing work of my friends!
I'm happy to say the debut of Modern Look Book was a huge success with sales and exposure for everyone involved. Clintel Steed, Michael Penn and Montauk Style all made the debut a big hit. Continuing with these relationships, and building more, is integral to the success of Modern Look Book. Click on any of their names to go to their sites and see more.
20TH CENTURY BY HKFA
20th Century by HKFA is rooted in those first years in Manhattan when I was a dealer in antique, period and modernist style picture frames. As the years went on, my eye became drawn to art, furniture, lighting, case goods, accessories, you name it! I was now a regular exhibitor at the Pier Antique Shows and the downtown Armory Antique Shows. My client roster was growing and so was my family.
I met my husband while waitressing (because everyone in New York City has more than one job) and we welcomed our first daughter in 2008. Buying and selling continued to grow and so did our family. We welcomed our second daughter in 2009. New York City had given me a profession and a family. Life was wonderful. By then we were living in the same tiny West Village studio apartment that I had moved into back in 2002 and it has become just a bit too small for the four of us. So we pulled up stakes and moved to Cidade Maravilhosa, Rio de Janeiro. My husband is a true Carioca and I immediately fell in love with the rhythm and beauty of Rio. I discovered Praca Quinze, the famed flea market, as well as a new passion - Brazilian modernist furniture. I had soon bought enough to fill a container and ship it back to New York City. The market was ripe for the ultra fresh, ultra exclusive finds. We slowly wound our way back to the States and settled in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Beautiful scenery with the added bonus of proximity to New York City, we were enjoying it all. After a couple years there we headed to my hometown of Philadelphia. Home of Rocky, the cheesesteak and our Founding Fathers. It was a great move as the buying in Philly was particularly strong. We then went North and explored the South Shore of Boston for a spell - only to be greeted with one of the harshest winters on record and enjoyed about ten feet of snow in that first year! As always, I made the best of it and found some really wonderful places to source great vintage, modern and antique finds.
20th Century by HKFA is rooted in those first years in Manhattan when I was a dealer in antique, period and modernist style picture frames.
But, my heart drew me and my family back to New York City! With a great (small) two bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side and a storage / showroom on East 91st Street - 20th Century by HKFA / Modern Look Book / Heather Karlie Fine Art is back where it all began!!!
In a 341 square foot apartment packed to the walls with fine antique picture frames in New York's West Village, Heather Karlie Fine Art was founded in 2002. I had moved to New York City with the dream of becoming an antique dealer. With a six month sublet and six hundred dollars, I set out into the City that Never Sleeps. It was here that I happened upon the world famous 26th Street flea market. Every weekend dealers brought their freshest finds and the buyers lined up with flash lights in hand to buy them. I had found my passion in antique and period picture frames, so I became a specialist.
Reaching out to Manhattan's elite Upper East Side art galleries, I asked for appointments to show them my inventory of picture frames. The reception was warm and I soon found myself schlepping armfuls of frames on the 1 train to Union Square, then changing to the 6 train uptown. Yes. I started my business with a MetroCard. Only a few times was I actually asked to leave the train, most times it was smooth sailing and an interesting ride to boot. It's not everyday when you see someone with ten antique frames on their shoulders. Not even for so called 'jaded' New Yorkers. I had a business. And an awesome opportunity. Pablo Picasso is quoted as saying, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working". Well, if you ask me, New York City is the home of inspiration!
The reception was warm and I soon found myself schlepping armfuls of frames on the 1 train…
I had established myself as a serious dealer in fine picture frames and found my clients throughout the coveted Upper East Side and all along upper Madison Avenue. With a selection of frames on my shoulder and a swipe of my MetroCard I was transported from my studio apartment in the West Village to another world. A world of Picassos and Kandinskys, Cassats and Sargents, Titians and Tintorettos... it was magical.
You know it's art when the check clears
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
20th Century by HKFA was the next step from my New York City based antique picture frame sourcing business, Heather Karlie Fine Art. After a few years of sourcing, buying and selling antique, period and modernist style frames, I began to deal in furniture, furnishings, lighting, art, sculpture… And so 20th Century by HKFA was born. Click here to see more!
Modern Look Book started in 2015 as a new approach to vintage - making it modern. I wanted to mix in great modern and contemporary design, art and brands in vintage interiors. I gathered up a core group of friends and colleagues' work to debut it all alongside my vintage and antique finds. It was a huge success. Click here to read more!
LOCATION AND HOURS
a rolling stone gathers no moss
The warehouse / showroom is in New York City.
315 East 91st Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues.
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